The benefits of legal design
1. Analysis and understanding
By visualizing abstract legal concepts, lawyers can better understand complex subject matter and communicate more effectively with clients and colleagues. Consider:
- Easy navigation in documents
- Pictograms and illustrations
The use of drawings and visualizations promotes collaboration and shared understanding among team members. This can be achieved by:
- Rapid prototypes
- Brainstorming sessions
3. Overview and clarity
Visual representations simplify complex scenarios, allowing lawyers and clients alike to quickly understand the case. Since people spend an average of only 30 seconds reading and understanding information, it is crucial that content is presented clearly and uncluttered. Your work shines, or gets skipped 🥲
Implementation of legal design in five steps
Step 1: Fact-finding
Use a visual approach to organize large amounts of information, such as creating a timeline of relevant facts or mapping involved parties and their relationships.
Step 2: Legal interpretation
Use decision diagrams or other visual aids to make legal questions and issues understandable so that attorney and client can make more informed decisions.
Step 3: Communication with clients
Inform clients about procedures, crucial documents and deadlines using infographics or visual representations.
Step 4: Litigation documents
Integrate visual elements from previous steps into litigation documents, such as a timeline in the summons or a list of parties involved.
Step 5: Pleadings
Use infographics or visual presentations during oral argument to give the judge quick and effective insight into the case.
Legal design in the law firm: four action items
1. Create awareness and support
Organize workshops or training sessions to familiarize employees with legal design and the principles of design thinking and user experience.
2. Integrate legal design into office culture
Encourage the use of visual elements and understandable language in all communications. A simplicity course in Canva can already make a big difference.
3. Designate a legal design officer
Appoint a person or team within the firm responsible for promoting and implementing legal design. Like a data protection officer, they can work to ensure compliance with legal design within your firm and support colleagues in applying these techniques.
4. Invest in tools and software
Make use of software and tools that support legal design, such as diagrams, mind mapping and presentation software. This helps lawyers more effectively incorporate visual elements into their work.
5. Stay abreast of best practices
Attend workshops, conferences and webinars to stay abreast of the latest developments and best practices in legal design.
Conclusion: The future of the legal profession with legal design
Legal design is a powerful tool that helps law firms communicate more effectively and have a greater impact on clients, judges and other stakeholders. By applying legal design in daily practice, law firms can differentiate themselves from the competition and achieve higher client satisfaction.
Start applying legal design to your practice today by following the steps above and invest in a future where legal services become more accessible and understandable to all stakeholders.